meet the founder

Dr. Ryan derousselle

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Dr. Ryan D. DeRousselle serves as the School Administrator at Lake Forest Charter School (LFC). With an aggregate of over 10 years of service in education, Dr. DeRousselle joined LFC in 2021 as the School Leader Fellow. Dr. DeRousselle’s professional tenure includes experiences as a Director of Student Support Services at Community Academies of New Orleans, with Special Education Leadership positions at McDonogh 35, Morris Jeff Community School, and Jefferson Parish Public Schools.  Because of his devout commitment to mentoring and shaping our world’s greatest assets - our youth - Dr. DeRousselle founded SAVETHEYOUTH Nola.  SAVETHEYOUTH Nola is an organization led by teachers for students, to cultivate self-awareness and empowerment through mentorship, academic support, and community outreach. 

Dr. DeRousselle, a New Orleans native, earned a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and a Master’s in Educational Leadership from Xavier University. He also earned a Doctorate in Educational Leadership from Xavier University, in which his research examined co-teaching influences on the first-year teaching practices of special educators trained in a university-based teacher residency program. Dr. DeRousselle holds certifications in both Elementary Education and Educational Leadership.

Ryan's vision

“I teach to our fatherless generation because I am fatherless. As a child, I never knew what it felt like to be given any type of affirmation from a man. I want to be present so that the void that this hurt creates can be bandaged by a sense of hope, belief and love. I see myself in all of my underprivileged black students. I see their struggle because I have been there. I see their hurt because I have experienced their pain.


I attribute the majority of my success in life to a teacher that believed in me as a student. He instilled a sense of worth in my life that gave me the desire to build myself a future that was better than the present I was born into. I know and have experienced how a single man can change a child’s life because that child was me. I refuse to be anything less than a man that instills this same sense of worth and hope into my students.


I desire for my students to learn how to gain confidence, choose wisdom, and build character from my teachings, actions, and love. These students are a reminder of my past and I am a reminder of what their future could be. We make the path by walking."